Top 10 countries for Muslim travelers

Top 10 countries for Muslim travelers

With the rapidly growing Muslim population, which is expected to make 26.5 per cent of the world's population by 2030, Muslims are now becoming an i mportant global consumer market and an increasingly important segment for businesses across all sectors, including travel and hospitality.

According to the Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) 2015 study released by MasterCard and CrescentRating in March 4, in 2014 alone this segment was worth US$145 billion (S$200 billion), with 108 million Muslim travelers representing 10 per cent of the entire travel economy. This is forecast to grow to 150 million visitors by 2020, spending up to US$200 billion.

The GMTI 2015 study also listed the top 10 countries across the globe in the Muslim travel market based on criterias such as Muslim visitor arrivals, family friendly holiday destinations, safe travel environments, dining options and halal assurance, ease of access to prayer places, airport services and facilities, and accommodation options.

After reviewing more than a hundred destinations around the globe that represent more than 95 per cent of Muslim visitor arrivals in 2014, here are the rankings for Muslim friendly destinations that have a large Muslim population (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation [OIC] member states) as well as non-OIC countries.

Top 10 OIC destinations of GMTI 2015

1. Malaysia (Score: 83.8)

2. Turkey (73.8)

3. United Arab Emirates (72.1)

4. Saudi Arabia (71.3)

5. Qatar (68.2)

6. Indonesia (67.5)

7. Oman (66.7)

8. Jordan (66.4)

9. Morocco (64.4)

10. Brunei (64.3)

Top 10 non-OIC destinations of GMTI 2015

1. Singapore (65.1)

2. Thailand (59.2)

3. United Kingdom (55.0)

4. South Africa (51.1)

5. France (48.2)

6. Belgium (47.5)

7. Hong Kong (47.5)

8. USA (47.3)

9. Spain (46.5)

10. Taiwan (46.2)


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